In 2005, Kazan celebrated its 1000th birthday. ‘Russia’s third capital’ (an officially registered trademark) has a distinct character due to its unique blend of Eastern and Western influences. Here you can find skyscrapers shooting up against the backdrop of medieval architecture, as well as mosques standing next to Orthodox Christian churches.
Another nice thing about Kazan is that you can come here at any time of the year; the weather never gets unbearably hot or severely cold.
Flying is the fastest way to get there. Aeroflot offers direct flights (just 1h 35m), landing at Kazan International Airport, 23 km from the city centre.
The earlier you book your tickets, the more you’ll save, since the best deals sell out first. You can also save more by buying a return ticket.